The Trend Micro Content Security Team discovered fake websites that purport to be login pages of DHL, a company that offers air express transportation of goods between countries. Here’s a sample screenshot of a bogus page:
Figure 1. Sample phishing page.
The fraud site asks for users’ email addresses (which are ordinarily used for logging in) their passwords, and also their DHL account numbers. Unknowing users might think that their packages are secure and are being transported to their respective destinations, when in fact only their credentials are being delivered to the phishers behind this threat.
Express transportation companies like DHL are notable targets of cybercriminals these days. We blogged about previous attacks on UPS and FedEx, two of the more known known global parcel delivery companies. Western Union, a financial services and communications company, also was a cybercriminal target.
There’s a difference between the earlier set of threats and the current one though. The earlier attacks’ aim was to install malware on PCs by tricking users into believing they are downloading receipts. The objective of the DHL phishing gang, meanwhile, is to steal account and login credentials, which we think could be used for other malicious purposes like using a hacked account for illegal shipments.
The URL where the site is hosted is now blocked by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network. Users are still advised to either type in the URL to the website they are accessing, or use their own bookmarks in getting there.